Mopar to offer HEMI crate engine kits for classic muscle cars [SEMA 2016]


When Mopar announced two of their 2016 SEMA customs, the Dodge Shakedown Challenger and the Jeep CJ66, details of the engines were curiously absent. The reason was made clear soon enough – both concept cars are packing brand new HEMI crate engines using new kits that are designed to fit classic Mopar vehicles.

Two HEMI crate engine kits are available – a 5.7-liter, or 345 Crate HEMI Kit, and a 6.4-liter, or 392 Crate HEMI Kit. The engines are sold separately, but the kits allow for easier installation in classic cars. Each kit comes with a “power distribution center, a powertrain control module (PCM), engine and chassis wiring harnesses, an accelerator pedal, O2 sensors, ground jumper, charge air temperature sensor and in-depth information sheets on installation,” according to a Mopar press release.


The engines also come with stock PCM calibration that rates the 345 at 383 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque, and the 392 at 485 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. The engines are optimized for manual transmissions, although Mopar says that an automatic could be used, but is not optimal.

On the SEMA show floor, the Shakedown Challenger had a 392 crate engine and the CJ66 had the smaller 345 crate engine.

The SEMA show in Las Vegas continues until Friday. Check out all of TFLcar’s coverage of the event here.

Although it’s not a classic Dodge, the Honda Civic Type R debuted at the SEMA show. Check out the TFL video from the event below: